Bureau of Land Management National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service

Taunton River, Massachusetts

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Managing Agency:

National Park Service, Northeast Regional Office


Designated Reach:

March 30, 2009. The main stem of the Taunton River from its headwaters at the confluence of the Town and Matfield Rivers in the Town of Bridgewater downstream 40 miles to its confluence with the Quequechan River at the Route 195 Bridge in the city of Fall River.


Classification/Mileage:

Scenic — 26.0 miles; Recreational — 14.0 miles; Total — 40.0 miles.

Taunton River

Taunton River

The Taunton River is the longest undammed coastal river in New England. It supports 154 species of birds and 45 species of fish, including the bald eagle and the Atlantic sturgeon. The corridor is home to seven rare reptiles and amphibians, river otters, mink, gray foxes, and deer. One of the earliest and largest settlement areas in the Northeast for early Native People is found in the watershed.